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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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8,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,559
Reviews: 2,682
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 122
Gots: 831 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-10-2013 15:21:59 | More by Shawner
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

Paid $6.99 for a 6'er for Turkey Day...


The beer pours a clear beautiful ambe rbrown base with a medium white head, good retention and lacing effects. The aroma was not really distinct so I give it an average.

However, the taste is very full which I like personally; it has notes of hops, a little malt, a little fruity and a little sweet; a real nice blend. The M&D life this beer to a new dimension. I have never been more impressed by a mainstream beer than this. It is extremely smooth all over and this is an ideal session beer, watch out @ 5.6%...

Final Thought: It's been over two years since I drank a SNPA but I am glad I refounded this relationship that will continue for quite some time.

11-27-2004 05:28:45 | More by mobyfann
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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, savored 07/06
Medium pour in a shaker.

Poured with hues of amber and copper, with consistant off-white head.

Smelt of fruity citrus and a hint of biscuity malt.

Taste begins with soft citrusy piney hops a subtle sweet bready malt kick, with enduring sour pineness. A soft approach and gentle release on the palate. Mouthfeel was slightly creamy and average carbonation.

Overall, a classic American pale ale that sets a standard, but gives room for improvement.

08-02-2006 05:11:17 | More by xav33
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5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-18-2011 07:03:36 | More by mdvatab
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Tried this beer once before and was very disappointed. Decided to try it again just to see if I'd gotten an old bottle. I'm glad I did - this sample was much more enjoyable.

Pours a nice orange color with not a whole lot of head - dissipates almost immediately. Smell is of citrusy hops. Taste is similar. The citrus and cascade hops are really noticeable, but it's not really bitter. There's a slight hint of spice here. Quite drinkable, especially if you're a fan of the style.

10-07-2009 00:01:50 | More by Mavajo
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Review Number 50.

One of my go to beers for the past 5 years, figured I would give it a well deserved review

Appearance-Vibrant Golden amber color with a 2 inch creamy off white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

Smell-Citrusy Hops(grapefruit, lemon), Pine and a Caramel Malt aroma. Very nice for a APA.

Taste-Off the bat you get the caramel malts, then you get hit with some citrus with a piney hop finish. Not too bitter, very nice finish leaving you wanting that next sip.

Mouthfeel-My mouth is coated with some nice piney hops. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall-I can see myself 50 years from now still enjoying this beer. It goes great with food too. I do my grading to style and this is definitely one of the best, if not the best Pale Ale. I would drink this next to a buddy drinking a Pliny and I would be completely satisfied.

04-30-2011 20:15:12 | More by SWMeyer4141
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

06-11-2014 21:01:01 | More by wvbrewcrew
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New York

4/5  rDev -1%

09-04-2012 00:10:22 | More by Stumpy29er
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4/5  rDev -1%

10-25-2013 16:04:04 | More by prock180
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4/5  rDev -1%

04-16-2014 23:16:14 | More by JDM44
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4/5  rDev -1%

07-05-2013 11:57:42 | More by TTripp725
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2.75/5  rDev -31.9%

Appearance: Hazy, light gold colored beer. Lots and lots of floating sediment. This bottled was handled and poured properly. Yet...tons of sediment. Not to thrilled here.

Smell: Mild....nothing noteworthy. Very subtle citrus and malt.

Taste: Average. OK bitterness...some biscuit...not very memorable.

Mouthfeel: Decent but nothing special.

Drinkability: Really disappointed here. Had hopes of making this a go-to APA due to price & availablity. I've had much better. Just too many floaters and not enough flavor for a PA. I'll pass next time.

03-14-2011 06:46:30 | More by Brunite
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-13-2012 04:32:08 | More by bigpoppa67
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-03-2011 22:36:33 | More by ejw127
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-21-2012 18:00:21 | More by sabitu
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

02-08-2013 15:38:08 | More by teraflx
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-23-2012 03:12:32 | More by truesolution
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

Ah, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A staple for me at gas stations, crappy bars and restaurants. Pours a transparent golden color. Completely see-through. Smell is slightly grassy and hoppy. Taste is initial bitterness followed by malty backbone and ends again with the bitterness of the hops. Some bready characteristics. Overall, this is a great stand-by brew for any occasion.

04-29-2009 03:22:10 | More by jdubjacket
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4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is medium bodied, with a golden/orange color. The aroma of the beer grabs your attention immediately, with a mixture of spice, hops, and citrus, and floral overtones greeting the nose. Foaminess is average. As you drink a glass of this beer, it leaves a pattern of lace on the sides of your glass and it is common to find a thin layer of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale has a distinct hopped flavor. This beer is brewed using two- row barley malt, caramel malt, ale yeast, Perle and Cascade Hops. The taste of the Cascade hops is obvious, but this ale also manages to have a slightly malty taste, which helps keep the beer from becoming too bitter. There is a somewhat creamy texture, with a citrus and spice accented body. The finish of the beer is bitter.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a classic American Pale Ale. It may not be the best pale ale in America, but it's still very good and it stands as a benchmark to the American Pale Ale style. The citrus hop profile and the malty backbone make this a beer worth seeking out.

06-21-2008 23:45:52 | More by BryanCarey
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4/5  rDev -1%

02-20-2013 01:41:13 | More by Buttermilk
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

12-15-2011 00:49:46 | More by RWACKO
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4/5  rDev -1%

03-06-2014 03:04:24 | More by bulldogg915
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-03-2012 06:21:58 | More by aliving1
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-18-2012 00:09:26 | More by jeanphony
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4/5  rDev -1%

12-10-2011 22:57:22 | More by brokentee
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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